Paris City Hall backs 2024 Games plan

Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:32am EDT
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris took a decisive step toward a 2024 Summer Olympic bid on Monday when the City Hall backed the French aspirations to bring the Games back to the capital after a 100-year hiatus.

The city council voted in favor of a bid and it is now up to the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) to formally declare the candidacy before the Sept. 15 deadline. The host City will be selected in 2017.

After French president Francois Hollande said he was in favor of a bid, only the City's support was missing.

Paris, which last hosted the Summer Games in 1924, lost bids to stage the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Boston, Hamburg and Rome have already launched their bids for the 2024 Games.

The City Hall made its move after receiving a feasibility study ordered by the CNOSF earlier this year.

"They did a fantastic job and asked the right questions about our past failures," Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo told reporters.

Hidalgo, who was not in favor of a bid last year citing environmental and economic reasons, insisted Paris had learnt the lesson.   Continued...

Paris city mayor Anne Hidalgo delivers a speech during the presentation of the feasibility study for a potential bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, at the Paris city hall, February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes